A subdued Zimbabwe set for Mnangagwa's inauguration, again

2018-08-26 10:08
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Zanu-PF supporters celebrate after ConCourt upholds Mnangagwa’s victory

Here are pictures of jubilant supporters of the ruling Zanu-PF party celebrating after Zimbabwe's top court threw out an opposition bid to overturn presidential election results in favour of the Zanu-PF candidate, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabweans have begun arriving at a national stadium for the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa after a bitterly disputed election.

This is the second swearing-in of Mnangagwa in just nine months as a country once jubilant over the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe is now more subdued after the reemergence of harassment of the opposition.

Banners on state-run television say "You are all invited" to the inauguration, but many Zimbabweans wonder what's next after the Constitutional Court rejected opposition claims of vote-rigging. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has vowed peaceful protests.

A deadly military crackdown after the peaceful vote hurt Mnangagwa's aspirations for a credible election that would reverse Zimbabwe's status as a global pariah and bring badly needed investment in an economy that collapsed under Mugabe's 37-year rule.

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